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Coughing Foul Smelling Sputum
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more
See doctor: Sound s like you have an infection. You should see your doctor for treatment. ...Read more
Mucus production: The cause of white frothy sputum with cough is due to mucus production in the lungs, nose, and sinus. This is the way our immune system gets rid of unwanted and harmful agents who enter our respiratory system. This defensive mechanism is conducted by the immune cells lining the airway with specific antibodies to protect; mucus contains products to kill the agents as well as to wash them away. ...Read more
Bronchitis: You most likely have bronchitis. Most cases are viral in nature, though there is always a chance of bacterial infection as well. With symptoms for 2 weeks, I am also concerned that you may have developed pneumonia at this point. If your symptoms are not improving, you should seek medical care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Productive cough: Greetings Peter. Wouldn't it be grand if being a doctor was as easy as you might think! The possible causes for your productive cough are numerous. Allergy, Infection (bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral), reflux, Bronchiectasis, neoplastic, exposure related, even ear wax is a possibility. Just to name a few! See your doctor for a more thorough history and physical. ...Read more
I have cough with sputum, I feel better after cough medications but it return again in a short time?
Baby is 3 months old. Affected by cough since 5 days. Is there any way to expell sputum from baby's cough? She coughs badly..
Nasal saline/M.D.: Cough in an infant who is three months old may be caused by a number of conditions and infections. Supportive treatment includes keeping the baby well hydrated, treating fever, and gently removing mucus from the nasal passages with a bulb suction/infant saline drops. Babies can not spit out the sputum and instead swallow the sputum and may vomit as a result. A chest xray and testing for the cause. ...Read more
Is it unusual to cough one time when you wake up followed by some thick white sputum? I sleep with air conditoner in room and fan
I've got cough for the past 4 days and it's really bad. When i wake up in the morning, i notice that i've blood in my sputum. Plus i regularly smoke.
I have a cough that has been prolonged for 3 months but no cold. It occurs suddenly and intermittently with ejection of white sputum what could it be?
Need evaluation: This need evaluation by a healthcare provider. Prolonged cough can be from many different reasons including pertussis, tuberculosis, lung cancer, allergies, congestive heart failure, asthma. Any smoking history makes evaluation necessary sooner than later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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